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Pennsylvania Teacher Wins Free Coffee for a Year

Pennsylvania Teacher Wins Free Coffee for a Year

Being a teacher, contrary to belief, is more than an 8-hour job. Teaching can be a tiring job, so turning to coffee is a preferable choice for educators looking for an extra boost during their day.

Erika Smith, a teacher in Pennsylvania, who has never won a contest in her life, won a year’s supply of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, according to an article on

“I was watching the parade on TV and a number comes on the screen that says to text in and win,” said Smith, a fifth-grade teacher at New Garden Elementary School. ‘I wasn’t really paying attention and my boyfriend tells me to text that number. I thought it was a telemarketer and I was so mad because I though who would be calling on Thanksgiving Day,” she said. “But they told me I won.”

Then, the article said, “reality set in when she saw her name on the TV screen in large letters, which was seen by about 7 million viewers.”

“It was on the screen long enough for me to get my phone out and take a picture of the screen,” said Smith, who is also a high school cheerleading coach. “When I realized my cheerleaders and students were watching, I knew it was big. It was on national TV Thanksgiving morning. I couldn’t believe it because I never win anything.”

Smith, the article said, “who lives near a Dunkin’ Donuts and drinks a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts every day, said she won’t be missing her caffeine fix for the next year.”

“I’ll be ready to go through the rest of the school year now,” she said. “It was a nice early Christmas surprise.”

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor 

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